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Detroit Police and RCMP: 1951

Detroit Police and RCMP: 1951

On July 24, 1951, the city of Detroit celebrated its 250th anniversary. To honor the occasion, a number of special events were held. This photo, shot by my grandfather, Howard McGraw of the Detroit News, depicts the Detroit police on horseback with the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) standing in front, likely part of a parade. Both groups stand in front of the old Statler hotel (since demolished) located on Washington Blvd, near Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit. View full size.

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Dress/parade uniform

Their working uniform (they still are the local police force in a lot of places up here ) is much like any other current police working uniform. About the only time I have ever seen them out and about daily in their dress uniforms is in Banff, mostly for the tourists.

RCMP uniforms

Certainly haven't changed much in the past six decades.

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